UNDERSTANDING PARTIAL PARALYSIS IN CATS

      

Introduction-

Partial paralysis is a sign of an underlying condition or injury. There is a need of immediate veterinary care if your cat exhibit symptoms of partial paralysis because this condition may lead to death or serious, permanent injury if not treated precisely by a doctor. 

Symptoms-

  • Unable to move parts of the body such as the neck, head, legs, tail, tongue, or back.
  • Pain in neck, spine or legs.
  • Stepping on his own toes.
  • Respiratory problem.
  • Slow movements.
  • Difficulty in eating or drinking.
  • Not able to control urination.
  • Inability to urinate.
  • Constipation.
  • Inability to control defecation.

Causes-

Paralysis in cats occurs when some portion of the structures that support the central nervous system have become damaged.

Causes of damage can include: •Traumatic injury Infection in bones or tissue near spine.

  • Slipped discs in back.
  • Inflammation in muscles surrounding the spine.
  • Tick paralysis caused by tick bites.
  • Tumors in the spine or brain.
  • Malformation of spine.

Treatment of paralysis in cats-

The cause of your cat's paralysis will decide the course of treatment.

  • If your cat is unable to walk, urinate, then there are more chances of getting hospitalised.
  • Moreover diagnosis will determine it correctly and veterinarian will begin accordingly.
  • You can then monitor your cat and immediately your cat will be vaccinated if needed.
  • Proper medication will be given to reduce the pain. 
  • The bladder will be physically adjusted.
  • Medicine, surgery or therapy will be provided according to the diagnosis and need.
  • Tumors or blockages of blood supply will be repaired.
  • Some paralyzed cats recover very quickly while some take time depending on the severity of the condition.
  • You’ll be provided with a prescription and guidelines to follow at the time of discharge.